Yes | Five-Minute Friday

Hello there! It's Five-Minute Friday link-up time.

What's a "free write"? No editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write!

This week's word is:

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Let me tell you a little something about myself.

I am petrified of singing in public.

Singing in church with the congregation is fine, as long as no one hears me, but to actually sing a song in front of someone makes my stomach turn and my palms sweat profusely. I just can't do it!

Yet, I sing all day to my boys. Like, ALL DAY. I didn't grow up listening to Christian music but random songs come to my mind every day and I know it's the Holy Spirit putting them on my heart. He is the only possible explanation because I don't know how I even know these songs!

This week, E and I were singing the "yes, Lord, yes, Lord, yes, yes, Lord" song. That's the only verse I know so we sang it over and over again. He loved it! "Mama, sing yes, Lord!", he would say.

This morning I looked up the rest of the lyrics and the Lord put the verse Psalm 90:14 on my heart as well. Lately, He is saying so much to me about being satisfied in Him and choosing to live in joy.

Here are the official lyrics to "I'm Trading My Sorrows":
I'm trading my sorrow
I'm trading my shame
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

I'm trading my sickness
I'm trading my pain
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

And we say yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord Amen

I'm pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I'm blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy's gonna be my strength

Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning
(View Lyrics Source)

Saying "Yes" to the Lord meant breaking off a bad relationship in my pre-marriage days. It meant going to church by myself in search of a church family. (and meeting my husband there the next year!)

Saying "Yes" to the Lord in my life meant me leaving my career to stay home with our boys and moving to a tiny little town soon after.

Saying "Yes" to the Lord has meant joining in with Bible study groups where I knew only one or two people.

So many opportunities to walk boldly in faith lie in the future and I'm deciding right now to say "Yes" to the Lord; to walk boldly in His will.

Saying "Yes" to the Lord means taking leaps of faith - big or little ones - and trusting in God to guide my steps. Leaving the comfort zone is never easy but God knows what is best for our lives and following Him brings such great joy!

As I look back on many more of the Yes's in my life, I am reminded that God is always faithful. ALWAYS.
Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. PSALM 90:14

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  1. OH YES LORD! Love that song too! FMF Neighbor #54

    1. It's still stuck in my head a week later :)

  2. I am always amazed what great posts come from these Friday free write episodes. Like this one. Looks like one of God's "coincidences" that you were singing this song with your boys this week. What a happy picture! Thinking of it delighted me. I hope it inspires them to say "yes" to singing, too. And to boldly saying yes to God as you've been doing.

    1. I hope my boys are inspired to say "yes!" to the Lord, too, Sylvia! I had to laugh when I read the FMF word for this week - definitely a God "coincidence" :) He planned it out perfectly!

  3. Hello, Amy!
    I'm blessed again by a visit to your blog! "Yes" to the Lord is always the right answer! The Lord encourages me through reading about what He's doing in your life!
    Love in Christ,
    ~For Such a Worm As I

    1. Trissy, I am so glad God's work in my life can be an encouragement to you! That is an answer to prayer and one of the main reasons I even started blogging :) Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I love Five Minute Friday posts. This is such a great inspirational post about saying Yes to God! We all need to do it more often.

    1. Thank you, Crystal! I need to be reminded to say "Yes!" to God daily :)

  5. Oh I just LOVE this post!!!! You're wonderful and I admire your blog!


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